A white crystalline solid, KIO3, soluble in water and insoluble in ethanol; monoclinic; r.d. 3.9; m.p. 560°C. It may be prepared by the reaction of iodine with hot concentrated potassium hydroxide or by careful electrolysis of potassium iodide solution. It is an oxidizing agent and is used as an analytical reagent. Some potassium iodate is used as a food additive.
Subjects: Clinical Pharmacology and Therapeutics — Chemistry.